Pan Stage Summer 2015
Saturday, July 18, 6pm to 9pm
Exhibition from July 18 to July 31, 2015
Resident artists July:
-Berna Okan (Turkey)
-Florence Lam (Honk Kong)
-Kaitlyn Malloy (USA)
"Balloon Performance"气。球 / Florence Lam 林素如
July 2015, Every Saturday & Sunday 2 – 4 pm
Resident artists August:
-Jane Tagg (England)
-Jee Hye Kim (Korea/USA)
-Kaitlyn Malloy (USA)
-Ye Cheng (China/USA)
Berna Okan is a sculpture artis, she develop her work through dıfferent materials, from Bronze to paper.
Florence Lam's works are mostly time-based where audiences are invited to witness the birth and constant deterioration of material as a performance. She places herself in a position where she is in control of the presentation while simultaneously being out of control of how the material performs, therefore creating an illusion of familiar intimacy, exposing the life within the materials as they interact with audiences.
Inspired by the two common phenomenon in the early developmental stages in children, Magic Thinking and Animistic thinking, she uses simple materials that are known and common to general public, something that audiences thought they already have a knowledge of their mechanisms, to pick out and amplify their special quality creating a sense of surprise, the trigger of wonder, as if the object is engaging to the audience to create an illusion of liveliness. She strives to recall her audiences' feeling of pure wonder by bringing in front of their eyes an object that seems physically impossible without life, just as children believed that there were spirits inhabited in the flowing water and sizzling leaves. This is a collective memory for all people regardless of time, space and background, and is driven by the natural human instinct of curiosity.
Jane Tagg's works focuses on the changing environment which reflects technological developments and human population growth, resulting in the destruction of land, the extinction and endangerment of animals and genetic deformities. In this negative reflexivity, the very same scientific progress that led to the destruction of our world has ironically created the idea of "The frozen zoo", where stem cell regeneration is being considered by scientists as a future method of regrowth of limbs and organs and for the re-generation of endangered species. Drawn from scientific diagrams, MRI scans, repair and re-growth treatments, this work focuses on (re)imagined hybrid species in both the animal and human kingdoms whilst raising the question as to their viability and of the ethics involved. The birth of a reflexive world of new hybrids is illustrated by the composite imagery being transformed into futuristic forms born from kaleidoscopic imagery representing cell growth.
Jee Hye Kim
Her alter ego is a time traveler who is on a mystical quest to find her true love. This love is real. It has always existed even before she was born, but she learns to recognize its mystery through traveling in and out of a space that loses itself by the minute. To love is to transcend all things that conform to the ways of this world, so she embarks on a journey to follow her heart. No one knows what the journey will be like, and everything is uncertain.
In this journey, the time traveler creates portals to move across the universe. She seeks to know what is beyond herself, and portals allow entry into a time and a place that holds the essence of things. She needs to extract them like an alchemist, and must find a way to combine and transform them to make portals that will take her to next destination.
Kaitlyn Malloy's paintings are centered around surreal narratives that create an active environment.
The environment vibrates with color in a grotesque and aggressive manner. Giant and fleshy figures are essential to the habitat. They are vulnerable and deformed. They are a resource to the hostile creatures. The negative-like entities consume,destroy and fight each other.
Working and living in the United States has instilled the nostalgia for her family background, China. The displacement helped her realize that the ever-losing classic art form in China is still beautiful and humble. Through her art making, She exaggerate the beauty of an oriental past and embrace it with western conceptual ideas as well as modern technology.
Her works also focus on interaction with the viewers, trying to fully excite their senses, to participate and to perform with her creation.